Strategies of energy democracy

01 October 2015

What ownership for a just energy transition? How to combat energy poverty?

01 October 2015 to 02 October 2015
The International Auditorium, Boulevard du Roi Albert II, 5, 1210 Brussels
  • Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung

Workshop in Brussels
Language: English
Organisation: Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung Brussels Office; Berlin Energy Table
Contact: Marlis Gensler, Project manager, RLS Brussels, Tel. +32 2738 7663,
Mob: +32 471 318408, marlis.gensler at

Thursday, 1 October 2015

09:30 – 10:00 Introduction
Welcome (Claus-Dieter König, Deputy Director RLS Brussels)
Introduction (Tadzio Müller, RLS Berlin, advisor for climate justice and energy democracy)
Introductory round

Part 1: Energy democracy, electricity crisis, and alternatives

Facilitation: Tadzio Müller, RLS Berlin

  • Introduction to the concept of energy democracy (Conrad Kunze, Center for Environmental Research UFZ, Leipzig)
  • Electricity crisis in South Africa and alternatives to the state and capital’s solution to the crisis (Brian Ashley, Alternative Information Development Centre (AIDC), South Africa)

Part 2: Experiences with alternative politics of energy democracy

Facilitation: Stefan Taschner, Berlin Energy Table

  • Experiences with an alternative strategy in the energy sector in Greece (Ioannis Margaris, Vice Chairman of the Board at Hellenic Electricity Distribution Network Operator SA (HEDNO), Greece)
  • Local struggles against energy poverty and for remunicipalization in Spain (Maria Campuzano, Xarxa per la sobirania energetica (XSE), Barcelona)

Part 3: Socializing municipal energy utilities and suppliers

  • The Berlin Energy Table – public/municipal energy utility or supplier (Stefan Taschner, Berlin Energy Table, Germany)
  • Energy democracy and the state: the case of the Berlin Energy Roundtable (James Angel, King’s College, London, UK)

Part 4: Energy poverty, and struggles for just access to energy
Faciliation: James Angel, King’s College, London

  • Struggles against fuel poverty in UK (Laura Hill, Fuel Poverty Action, UK)
  • Struggles against energy poverty in Bulgaria (Georgi Medarov, New Left Perspectives, Bulgaria)

Friday, 2 October 2015

Part 5: Control over energy production and distribution
Faciliation: Stefan Taschner, Berlin Energy Table

  • Campaign for energy democracy in Nigeria – against privatization and for a decentralized renewable energy system (Ken Henshaw, Social Action, Nigeria)
  • Gas companies into public hands, strategies of socializing in the UK (Mika Minio-Paluello, Platform London, UK)

Part 6: Democratic control of state owned energy utilities
Facilitation: Manuela Kropp, Assistant to MEP Cornelia Ernst, GUE/NGL

  • Campaigning for democratic control of a state owned multinational energy enterprise – the case of Vattenfall in Sweden (Gunnar Lind, Greenpeace Sweden)
  • The meaning of ‘public’ in the energy sector: current debates on state-owned utilities in Latin America (Daniel Chavez, Transnational Institute, Amsterdam)